The Colombian actress feared she'd be in New York City and would have to celebrate her 44th alone in the Big Apple, but her plans changed last week (ends08Jul16), and she had to organise a family party at short notice.

The Modern Family star, husband Joe Manganiello, her son Manolo and her sister Claudia took over a lemon grove in California for the quirky fruit-themed soiree.

Her son had the honour of presenting the actress with her birthday cake, and, in keeping with the theme of the party, he dressed up as a lemon.

The party ran into the evening and guests made sure fans could share in the celebrations by posting photos of the event on Instagram.

Claudia Vergara posted one shot of herself and her sister posing by a pool, while Manolo wished his mum a happy birthday with a comedic video, in which he said, "Happy birthday mom, I can't believe you're turning 40...", before the actress pushed him out of frame.

Manganiello also took to Instagram to share a sweet birthday message for his wife of one year.

Posting a black and white photo of the couple starring into each other's eyes, he added the caption: "¡Feliz Cumpleanos para mi amor! (Happy birthday to my love)."

The party came together really quickly, as Sofia told news show Extra last week: "I thought I was not going to be in town. I organised something really fast last week... I thought I really was going to be in New York."